January 22, 2015

The enteric virome is more diverse in patients with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, measuring how fecal transplants are portrayed in Canadian media, and bacteria and archaea in sugarcane soils.

Human gut microbiome

Disease-Specific Alterations in the Enteric Virome in Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Jason M. Norman – Cell

Media Discourse on the Social Acceptability of Fecal Transplants – Kim H. Chuong – Qualitative Health Research

Perspective: Cancer and the gut microbiota: An unexpected link – Laurence Zitvogel – Science Translational Medicine

Editorial: Bugs, Guts, and Glia: How Microbiota Influence Enteric Gliogenesis and Migration – Meenakshi Rao – Neuron

Animal models

MyD88 Signaling in T Cells Directs IgA-Mediated Control of the Microbiota to Promote Health – Jason L. Kubinak – Cell Host & Microbe

Soil microbiome

Environmental Factors Shaping the Community Structure of Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria and Archaea in Sugarcane Field Soil – Kanako Tago – Microbes and Environments


Global biogeographic sampling of bacterial secondary metabolism – Zachary Charlop-Powers – eLIFE


Perspective: The physiology and ecological implications of efficient growth – Benjamin RK Roller and Thomas M Schmidt – ISME Journal

Metagenomics and bioinformatics

Pollux: platform independent error correction of single and mixed genomes – Eric Marinier – BMC Bioinformatics

Microbes in the news

When bacteria-killing viruses take over, it’s bad news for the gut – Tina Hesman Saey – ScienceNews

Immune system promotes digestive health by fostering community of ‘good’ bacteria – NewsWise

Gut microbes may trigger autoimmune disease later in life – PuneMirror

Scientists claim breakthrough in taming genetically modified E.coli bacteria – Joel Achenbach – Washington Post

Have we found alien life? Microbes that eat and breath electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works – on this planet and others – Corey S. Powell – Popular Science

Science, publishing, and career

Origin stories of the scientists – Adam Ruben – Science

Bik’s Picks

The Science of Mmm – How food and drink tickle the brain’s pleasure centers – John McQuaid – Slate

Will this put an end to a very old discussion? Is glass a true solid? New research suggests it is – Science Daily

Which state f*cking loves science the most? – Phil Edwards – Vox



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